Reducing the amount of plastic that gets thrown away

I have been concerned about the environment for as long as I can remember. I try to minimize the amount of plastic that gets thrown away, by recycling whenever possible. Unfortunately, we do have trash that needs to get “hauled away.” Watching videos about trash floating in the ocean makes me very sad. I wish more people would make more of an effort to recycle, and I wish that all plastic water bottles, plastic bags that are used for shopping purposes and for trash bags were bio-degradable. Unfortunately, according to an article I just read at the Rodale News website about whether it is better to use a bio-degradable bag or one that was recycled from other plastic items, landfills are created in such a way that bio-degradable things will NOT degrade, so bio-degradable plastic bags won’t actually bio-degrade in a landfill! They would, however, bio-degrade in the ocean, and so I think that using them is better than doing nothing at all if your trash goes into the ocean! So I think that stores that use plastic bags to send their products home with their customers would be helping the environment by using bio-degradable bags. I think that would be a big help towards reducing some of the pollution that threatens all of us.